29 May 2010

Nice To Know We've Got Permission To Deploy US Troops on US Soil

Wow, Mexico has graciously acquiesced to the US deploying US soldiers on US soil to defend the US border against criminals entering the US to harm US citizens. How magnanimous.

Mexico does not object to United States’ plans to send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the border between the two countries as long as the soldiers do not arrest Mexicans trying to get into the United States, President Felipe Calderón said Thursday. President Obama, reacting to drug violence in northern Mexico, said Tuesday he would send the troops to secure the almost 2,000-mile border with Mexico. Mr. Calderón said that until now, Washington had not properly addressed the need to stop the flow of weapons into Mexico.

OK, there are so many things wrong here it's hard to know where to begin.
1. If Mexico arrested their own citizens for crossing the border, we wouldn't have to. But if you break a US law (say, entering the country without permission) you're gonna get arrested, just like if you drive drunk (breaking a law), rob someone (another law), or rape your neighbor's teenage daughter (another one of those pesky 'law' thingees).
2. 1200 guys to secure 2000 miles? What, are they wearing hovershoes or something?
3. How is it Washington's job to stop the flow of arms into Mexico? If you have people that want them, and they're willing to pay, then it's OK right? Just like if we have people who want cheap, non-unionized, no-benefits, below-minimum-wage illiterate farm workers, and we're willing to pay for them, then it's OK right? Free market in action and all that? How about this, we'll send back one illegal immigrant for every illegal weapon you send us. I think it's a fair trade.

I will now step off my political soapbox. Have a great weekend!

By: Brant

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